Design & Conservation
Although aesthetic considerations are vital to any piece of art, conservation is of utmost importance when dealing with a work of any monetary, historical, or personal value. First and foremost framing protects the artwork from dust, dirt, insects and indoor pollution. For proper framing of fine art and to give the highest level of protection and conservation, we suggest Preservation Plus Framing or Museum Framing.
The frame is the support that holds everything together. Today there is an enormous variety of design and quality offered in picture frame moulding. In choosing a frame (as well as mats, fillets, liners, enhancers or fabrics) we try to choose design elements which will bring out the inherent beauty of the work while being careful not to overpower the art. Properly designed, the frame is the "icing on the cake" complementing and enhacing the beauty of the art while harmonizing with all the other design elements to create a tasteful as well as a personal package of beauty for your home's walls. We have over 1,000 samples of frame mouldings including many variations of woods, metals, and even our new line of environmentally friendly 'Green' frames.
Quite often matting a work of art is considered to be only for aesthetics or an element of design. While this is true the primary function of a mat is to protect the art by keeping the glass from being in contact with it. No matter how clean, all of our homes have some level of indoor pollution, dust, airborne grease from cooking, humidity from baths, showers and cooking. Without a mat (or spacer) these will over time collect between the glass and the artwork potentially damaging the art and lowering its attractiveness as well as lowering its value.
Glazing or Glass also plays an important role in protecting your art. Ultraviolet rays, invisible to the eye, will fade most printed images over time and can discolor many papers and make the paper brittle. Direct sunlight is not necessary for a harmful level of UV waves to be present. A bright room with indirect light can cause fading over time (think about light's effects upon spines of books and upholstery). "Regular" glass absorbs about 40% of UV light waves. Conservation and Museum Glass filters 98% of the UV rays. Reflection control may also be a consideration. Regular and Conservation Glass are available with a non-reflective finish. Museum Glass is non-reflective due to its optical clarity as well as a coating on the inside of the glass.